Ligue Haïtienne

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Ligue Haïtienne
Digicel Championnat Haitien.png
Country Haiti
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1937
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Division 2
Domestic cup(s) Coupe d'Haïti
Trophée des Champions
International cup(s) CFU Club Championship
CONCACAF Champions League
Current champions FICA (6th title)
(2015 Clôture)
Most championships RC Haïtien (14 titles)
TV partners Canal+
2016

Ligue Haïtienne (French pronunciation: ​[liɡ ajisjɛ̃n]; Haitian League), is a Haitian professional league, governed by the Haitian Football Federation, for association football clubs. It is the country's primary football competition and serves as the top division of the Haitian football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Division 2.

Clubs also compete against continental rivals in the CONCACAF Champions League.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

It was created in 1937 and is headed by the Fédération Haïtienne de Football, the official governing body of football in the country. The champion and runner-up teams of the league's tournaments qualify to participate in the CONCACAF Champions League from the first round of the CFU Club Championship. 20 teams participate in this league and compete for the national title. RC Haïtien, with 14 national titles, is the most successful club in the league to date.[1]

Clubs[edit]

Members for 2016–17[edit]

The following 16 clubs compete in the 2016–17 season.

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2015–16 season
America Les Cayes Parc Larco 2,000 11th in Ligue Haïtienne
Baltimore Saint-Marc Parc Levelt 5,000 10th in Ligue Haïtienne
Capoise Cap-Haïtien Parc Saint-Victor 9,500 5th in Ligue Haïtienne
Cavaly Léogâne Parc Julia Vilbon 10,500 7th in Ligue Haïtienne
Don Bosco Pétion-Ville Stade Pétion-Ville 5,000 3rd in Ligue Haïtienne
Éclair Gonaïves Parc Vincent Championnat National D2 Runners-up
FICA Cap-Haïtien Parc Saint-Victor 9,500 1st in Ligue Haïtienne
Juventus Les Cayes Parc Larco 2,000 13th in Ligue Haïtienne
Mirebalais Mirebalais Parc Nelson Petit-Frère 2,000 8th in Ligue Haïtienne
Ouanaminthe Ouanaminthe Parc Notre Dame 4th in Ligue Haïtienne
Petit-Goâve Petit-Goâve Parc Anglade 2,000 9th in Ligue Haïtienne
Racing CH Port-au-Prince Stade Sylvio Cator 15,000 14th in Ligue Haïtienne
Racing Gonaives Gonaives Parc Stenio Vincent 2nd in Ligue Haïtienne
Real du Cap Cap-Haïtien 6th in Ligue Haïtienne
Sud-Est Sud-Est Parc Pinchinat Championnat National D2 Champions
Tempête Saint-Marc Parc Levelt 5,000 12th in Ligue Haïtienne

Previous winners[edit]

Since 2002 (with the exception of 2005–06), the league has employed a two-stage season with separate champions for both stages, a system found in many Latin American countries. In French-speaking Haiti, "O" stands for Ouverture (opening), corresponding to the Spanish Apertura, and "F" stands for Fermeture or "C" stands for Clôture (closing), corresponding to the Spanish Clausura.[1][2]

Performance By Club[edit]

Club City Titles Last Title
RC Haïtien Port-au-Prince 14 2009 F
FICA Cap-Haïtien 8 2016 C
Violette AC Port-au-Prince 6 1999
Tempête FC Saint-Marc 5 2011 C
Baltimore SC Saint-Marc 4 2011 O
Don Bosco FC Pétion-Ville 4 2015 O
Aigle Noir AC Port-au-Prince 4 2005–06 F
Etoile Haïtienne Port-au-Prince 3 1944
Excelsior AC Port-au-Prince 3 1951
Racing FC Gonaïves 3 2016 O
AS Mirebalais Mirebalais 2 2013
Hatüey Bacardi Club Port-au-Prince 2 1945
Roulado FC La Gonâve 2 2003 F
America FC Cayes 1 2014 O
Arsenal FC Port-au-Prince 1 1943
AS Capoise Cap-Haïtien 1 1997
Cavaly AS Léogâne 1 2007 F
Jeunesse Pétion-Ville Pétion-Ville 1 1956
Victory SC Port-au-Prince 1 2010 C
Valencia FC Léogâne 1 2012

Topscorers[edit]

Year name Team Goals
1999 Haiti Golman Pierre FICA 19
2001 Haiti Golman Pierre FICA 24
2002 Haiti Jean-Robert Menelas Roulado FC 16
2005–06 Haiti Roscaldo Jérémie AS Mirebalais 10
2008 Haiti Ricardo Charles Victory SC 12

Media coverage[edit]

The Haitian Football Federation has an exclusive broadcasting agreement with French premium pay TV channel, Canal+. The agreement was made official on 7 March 2016, a five-year deal to start at the end of April, 2016. However the financial details are not disclosed. The deal includes coverage and live broadcasts; 15 matches of its choice for the 2016 season as well as interviews before and after each match.[3][4][5]

Canal+ Haiti, a subsidiary, offers three packages to view games domestically.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hall, Michael R., ed. (2012). "Historical Dictionary of Haiti". p. 240. ISBN 9780810878105. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ RSSSF: Haiti - List of Champions
  3. ^ Press, ed. (9 February 2016). "iciHaiti - Football : The FHF sign with Canal+". iciHaiti. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Désir, Kenson, ed. (7 March 2016). "Canal+ – FHF, le contrat du renouveau". Le National. Retrieved 3 April 2016.  (French)
  5. ^ Nere, Enock, ed. (7 March 2016). "Canal Plus s'offre les droits de retransmission du championnat haïtien de football professionnel". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 3 April 2016.  (French)

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